Welcome

Work experience

Work experience advice on when to apply and who to send your application to, as well as the best places to source work experience placements and how to make the most of your time with a company.

Image of the 'Work Experience for All' logo Work experience provides many benefits, giving you skills and experience that will allow you to stand out to potential employers as well as helping you choose the right sector to work in. We've dedicated this area of the site to work experience advice, helping you find out when to apply and who to send your application to, as well as the best places to source work experience placements and how to make the most of your time with a company.

91 per cent of employers agreed that to improve the supply of engineers and technicians in the UK, more employers need to provide work experience for those in education or training (IET Skills Survey 2016).

Find out more about the IET’s Engineering Work Experience for All campaign - aiming to bring together employers, universities, further education colleges and policy-makers to collaborate on improving the quality of work experience opportunities available to engineering students.

Banner of icons from work experience for all campaign  

Work experience for all case studies

Case studies promoting the benefits of work experience for all


Types of work experience

The different types of work experience available, and what they entail.


The benefits of work experience

Work experience provides many benefits, giving you skills and experience that will allow you stand out to potential employers as well as helping you choose the right sector to work in.


Where to look for work experience opportunities

Advice on finding work placements - the IET shows you where to look for engineering and technology work experience.


How to apply for work experience

Who is the best person to approach at a company when you’re looking for work experience and how should you contact them? We let you know…


When to apply for work experience

At what age, and how far in advance should you start to apply for work placements?


Work experience: large organisations vs SMEs

SMEs vs larger corporates: what type of company offers the best work experience opportunities?


Make the most of your work experience

Advice on gaining the most from any work experience placement.


Work experience while job hunting

Finished uni and struggling to find work? Why not undertake some more work experience placements while you job hunt. Not only will they increase the experience and skills on your CV, they may also lead to a full time job.


Selling your skills to potential employers

Gained a variety of new skills through work experience? Here's how best to sell them to potential employers.


Technician professional registration for students

Did you know that many IT and engineering undergraduates achieve the competencies needed to obtain EngTech or ICTTech professional registration during an industry placement year?


Diary of a 40-year-old placement student

Paul Whitehouse shares his experiences as a mature engineering placement student during his yearlong industrial work placement at Moog Aircraft Group in his monthly diary blog.


IAESTE: A journey without an end

IAESTE provides paid STEM 
internships abroad while offering individual support to students as well as a social programme. Here Marc Sloan talks about his experience interning in Zurich through the association.